# What is machine learning?¶

• Machine learning (ML) is a techinque which uses computers to discover patterns or information about your data.
• It is a part of the wider field of artificial intelligence
• There are lots of different types of machine learning

## Examples of machine learning¶

• Simplest ML algorithm could be a linear regression. It automatically and iteratively looks at your data to calculate the parameters of your $y = mx + c$ curve
• A more advenced technique is K-means clustering. It is a way of finding clusters of points in your data without having to input any explicit labels.
• The most famous is neural networks (NN) which were inspired by the brain and use a directed network of connected neurons to describe features of the data set.
• More recently (since about 2010) deep neural networks (DNN) have become possible, allowing more detailed models of data to be learned starting the modern buzz for deep learning.